Video Transcript

Victoria's disclosure scheme refresh and reform snapshot

[Superimposed text: Sue Kapourelakos, Manager Assessment and Review, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission]

At IBAC we strive to build a Victorian public sector that actively resists corruption.
We prevent and expose police misconduct and corruption across the public sector – in departments, councils, the police, Parliament, and judiciary.

An important part of Victoria's integrity system is the ability for anyone to report serious wrongdoing in the public sector.

From the first of January 2020, reforms come into effect for these types of complaints designed to enable greater exposure of serious wrongdoing in the public sector.

[Superimposed text: Changes to Victoria's disclosure scheme]

These changes include five key points:

  • First, new terminology, moving from protected disclosure to public interest disclosure, aligning Victoria to other states and territories, and reflects the public’s interest in uncovering serious wrongdoing in the public sector
  • Second, a broader definition of improper conduct giving a lower threshold for making a complaint and covering a wider range of conduct
  • Third, the ‘no wrong door’ principle to ensure disclosures made to the wrong bodies may be passed onto IBAC, the discloser is protected and not required to start the process again
  • Fourth, increased protection for disclosers, and
  • Finally, clarified confidentiality requirements.

[Superimposed text: More conduct covered under broader definition of improper conduct]

Complaints about serious wrongdoing can be made about a range of conduct, including improper conduct.

From the first of January 2020, improper conduct will also include serious professional misconduct and capture a wider range of conduct.

Serious professional misconduct may be any conduct that amounts to a failure to exhibit the skills and experience required of a public officer.

Professional misconduct may include breaches of codes of conduct or legislation governing workplace behaviour. This also may include non-compliance with contracts, policies or procedures.

However, it must be serious to fall within the new definition of improper conduct – for example, conduct that is persistent or repeated, premeditated, poses a significant risk to others, or involves significant public resources.

Third parties' conduct can also be improper conduct where it is intended to effect the performance of public officers or public bodies. For example, bribing or attempting to bribe a public official, police officer, or local council employee.

More detailed information on the public interest disclosure scheme, including guidelines and information sheets, is available on IBAC's website.

[Closing slide: www.ibac.vic.gov.au/PID ]